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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Tube Map for the Disabled developed by Brain op survivor

A 24 year old designer who was left with learning difficulties after a brain operation is helping TfL to design a London Underground map specifically for disabled people.

Byron Konizi, found it hard to travel in London using public transport and called the London Mayor's office in his frustration with the current Tube map.

Byron from Chingford, Essex said: "I spoke to a man called David Morris and I was shocked to discover he was disabled from the waist down and uses a wheelchair to get around.

"He is an absolute angel and arranged for me to attend a course in Cambridge to find out more about my condition,
"

The Guardian - Waltham Forest report that: "The new map will alert passengers as to whether they can change trains without using stairs or escalators, whether they cannot change trains without using stairs or escalators, whether passengers can change trains in a certain direction and if step-free access is available."

Detail from current Tube Map

Byron added: "The map includes a list of bus routes in case disabled people want to travel to a place which doesn't have an Underground station.

"For example, if they want to continue journeys from Walthamstow Central to Chingford, the map will include information about the 212 bus route
."

A TfL spokesperson said: "We are working with disabled people to revise our current information products and we will be launching them later this year."

Shepherd's Bush on Large Print Tube Map last updated November 2007

Tower Gateway on Large Print Tube Map last updated November 2007

Let's hope that TfL also find time to update their "Large Print Tube Map" which (at time of writing) has no news about Tower Gateway's closure on it and one would still believe you could change onto the Central Line from Shepherd's Bush.

Many thanks to James B for sending me the link to this story.


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